Big 12 football preview: Why the Big 12 has fewer neutral-site games

In 2010, 10 Big 12 teams played neutral-site games in what were multiple-year agreements. But Missouri, A&M and Colorado left the conference, and Iowa State and Kansas State went back to playing on campus after a two-year trial.
by Berry Tramel Published: July 27, 2013
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In 2010, 10 Big 12 teams played neutral-site games in what were multiple-year agreements: OU-Texas and Baylor-Texas Tech in Dallas, Iowa State-Kansas State and Missouri-Kansas in Kansas City, Texas A&M-Arkansas in Arlington and Colorado-Colorado State in Denver.


Only OSU and Nebraska didn't have a neutral-field agreement of some kind.

But Missouri, A&M and Colorado left the conference, and Iowa State and Kansas State went back to playing on campus after a two-year trial. That leaves only OU-Texas and Baylor-Tech. And Baylor might be ready to end the arrangement.

While new Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury endorsed the continuation of playing at JerryWorld, Baylor coach Art Briles is ready to get Tech in Waco, where the Bears open a new stadium in 2014.

“There's some money involved,” Briles said, “so what I say doesn't make much difference. I'd like to see it switch back to where we go to Lubbock and they come to Waco, especially with the new stadium we got going on now.”

There is no momentum to move OU-Texas, which has been played at the Cotton Bowl stadium since 1929. Bob Stoops even added another benefit of the game.

Stoops said the Big 12's current round-robin format is better for OU because “us and Texas play at a neutral site. So we have four away and four home. These teams that have to play five away games every other year, that makes it tougher.”

Both OSU and TCU are playing one-time neutral site nonconference games. The Cowboys play Mississippi State in Houston, and TCU plays LSU in Arlington. OSU also plays Florida State in Arlington in 2014.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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